What Should I Pack?
What should I pack?
Pack for the season and activities you are planning to participate in.
Pack neutral coloured, comfortable, lightweight clothing. White, bright or vividly patterned clothing should be avoided when game viewing on foot so that safari goers can blend in with the natural landscape as much as possible. Bring sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, depending on the anticipated level of physical activity. Wide brimmed hats, sunglasses, lip protection and good quality sunscreen are essential protection against the harsh African sun. Insect repellent with DEET is also a must when travelling on safari. Don’t forget a good pair of binoculars to optimise wildlife viewing and of course a good camera preferably with a zoom to capture the memories.
(REMEMBER THE MAXIMUM 20 KGS – IN SOFT BAGS FOR LIGHT AIRCRAFT TRANSFERS IF APPLICABLE – INCLUDING CAMERA EQUIPMENT & HAND BAGS)
A travel kit is essential
SafariHQ recommends packing any basic medications that you may need as advised by your family doctor and/or a travel medicine specialist. If you take prescription medication, bring a sufficient supply to last for the duration of your trip and write down generic names in case you need to source additional medication whilst on your travels. If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses, then you should bring spares.
Pack all of your prescription medications and spare glasses or contacts in your carry on luggage, in the even that your checked luggage is delayed.
Camera equipment & chargers
If you are travelling with a digital camera equipment, laptop computers or any other electrical equipment please ensure that you bring all of the correct adaptors and battery chargers. The SafariHQ vehicles all have 220V power inverters in the vehicles so you can charge your camera, phone and computer equipment whilst on safari.
If you are planning on diving on your holiday don’t forget to bring your diving license with you as dive companies will not let you dive unless you can demonstrate you have certification.
Securely bind all travel documents together, including tickets, passports, birth certificates and any visas entries, vaccination booklets and travel insurance documents. Make extra copies of your passport, airline tickets and traveller’s check numbers, some to pack and some to leave at home. Its also a good idea to scan all of these documents and email them to your personal hotmail, gmail, yahoo account so you can access them anywhere in the case of an emergency.
- Passports (with visa entries)
- Health cards (vaccination certificate)
- Airline tickets
- Cash & Travellers’ Cheques
- Separate record of T/Cheque numbers
- Credit Cards (VISA, Mastercard and/or American Express)
- Photo copy of passport/visas/Insurance papers
The list given below is a basic indication of what you should bring. We recommend that you bring khaki and green coloured clothing. Bright colours should be avoided while on safari (fine for the coast and Nairobi); camouflage clothes are illegal because they are worn by local soldiers.
- Flip flops
- Pullover Sweater/Sweatshirt
- 2 pc. safari pants (or chinos)
- 2 pc. safari shorts
- 4 pair sport socks
- 3 short sleeve shirts
- 1 long sleeve shirt
- 2 t-shirts
- Swim Trunks
- 1 pair casual slacks (men) evening outfit (women) – for evening
- Bras (sports type) – women
- 6 sets underwear
Toiletries & medicine
- Malaria prophylaxis as advised by doctor or travel medicine specialist
- Medical kit and medicines as advised by doctor or travel medicine specialist
- Motion sickness pills
- Insect repellant (containing DEET for mosquito’s)
- Sun Screen (SPF 15 or higher)
- Lip Balm
- Toothpaste / Toothbrush
- Dental Floss
- Hair Brush / Comb
- Electric / Hand Razor
- Emery Boards
- Hand Lotion
- Fem. Hygiene Supplies
Wear sunscreens and cover up during the hottest time of day – between 11H00 and 15H00.
- Sunglasses / Case
- Prescription glasses (and a spare pair)
- Flashlight (small with extra batteries)
- Batteries (for electronic equipment)
- Converter plug set if needed (the electricity supply is 240 Volt, 50 Hz). Sockets are usually 3 pin and are of the square variety.
- Alarm clock
- Money pouch
- Pocket Knife (not in hand luggage)
- Binoculars (very important, one per person)
- Day pack
- Favourite road snacks
- Books / Magazines / Journal
- Small Sewing Kit
- Small Scissors (not in hand luggage)